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Gemini Backpackers Lodge

1 Van Gelder Road, Johannesburg 2160, South Africa
Gemini Backpackers Lodge
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  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Location
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Dodgy area, empty place, not nice. We stayed one night and it was too much. Stayed with my boyfriend but if I had been a girl on my own there I would have felt VERY uncomfortable. Cheap, but still not worth it. Have to say at the start the guy Aaron on the desk was helpful. He went out and... More 

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Canton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I stayed here with a group of undergraduates as part of a university project and we did not have a good experience. The area isn't very safe and the facilities are quite poor. There are a lot of local men who hang around the property at night who aren't even staying there. We had someone trying to break into several... More 

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Johannesburg, Zuid-afrika
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Didnt even bother to stay. With empty booze bottles on the grass, an on site litter dump next to the decomposing tent I wasnt particularly attracted. But having to tell the drunken staffmember that changing a bed ( we argued wether the room was clean on arrival) also includes the pillowcase nailed it for me. And with two neighbourhood youngsters... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Located right on the outskirts of Alex township, this is a very shady place to begin with. But it gets worse, there is a constant stream of strangers visiting this place for no purpose and who definitely pose a security threat to the lodgers. Drunk people will randomly walk into the "wrong" room in the middle of the night. On... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

With a little bit of effort and small infusion of cash this could be a really amazing backpackers, but as it is the rooms are a little bit dark and dumpy. Make sure you get one with windows. The Internet is good though.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Got there allright and went to reception, from here on everything goes downhill... The guy didnt show up at first and when he did he left for another 5 min, we later guessed that he left to get the room <ready>. We get in the room and its absolutely freezing not mentioning the terrible smell in the room. We then... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Gemini with my students , Gemini will be home of home we will come back and recommend to other schools and university, Thanks Aaron for great tours and hospitality .

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

This is a real backpackers bit old but they have friendly an helpful staff ,it is a quite place at nice location , like their free wireless internet i really enjoy my stay at gemini backers i will recommend this place Thanks for everything Aaron .

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Madrid, Spain
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24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

You need your own transport if you stay here, or as I did, just stayed for one night on my last night in South Africa. You can order food pizza as there are no restaurants around. They have a very convinient free pick up from the airport, and only charge another R150 to take you there the next day. Rooms... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

I wasn't especially impressed with Gemini Backpackers. The location was pretty inconvenient, although offering free airport transfer did help with this. I will say the grounds were nice, very spread out with a fire pit and other amenities. The main drawback was that the structures seemed rather poorly insulated so it was absolutely frigid inside (had to buy a sleeping... More 

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